A few years ago I put in a small goldfish pond in the backyard. It has been interesting to watch it mature -- frogs came, even a turtle once. It is always good subject matter for photos.
Last week I did purchase a new pocket camera. The model I ended up going with is the Canon SX120 IS. This is a small camera -- but it has a big zoom. The zoom is 10x and it is a 10 megapixel camera. Of course, being a point and shoot -- it has limitations and drawbacks. The biggest thing is the lag time. Testing it out I took this photo of the pond.
A couple years ago I put the iris in the pond. This is the first year to have blooms. I did take a few photos of the bloom -- and of course in color. Every photo I take is in color and then, if I choose, I convert it to black and white. This way I always have the best of both -- the color version and the option of black and white. This photo is my favorite from the testing of the new camera. I took it with the point and shoot -- no cropping. When I took it I did think the photo would look best in black and white. To show the different textures, types of leaves, reflections, etc. -- monochromatic would be best. The contrast was tweaked a bit and that is all. The bloom of the iris is almost lost -- but looking through the photo to see everything that is there, you find the bloom.